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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2008

    A delightful medieval Scottish romance

    In 1141, King David continues with his plan to unite the Scots, Picts and Normans under his rule. He especially needs a strong supporter to deal with the outrageous Highland clans. Thus he bestows on his favorite Norman knightly vassal Rhoenne Guy de Ramhurst a special gift, a fiefdom in the middle of the Highlanders who simply loath Normans. Rhoenne assumes he must have fallen out of favor to be gifted with this herculean task and a betrothal by his highness to David¿s daughter when he does not want to marry anyone.------------ His greeting to his new home is an arrow in the leg that leaves him fevered. The Lady of the Brook finds and heals him, but she vanishes afterward into the woods. At the castle, his so called allies are loyal to his half-brother Sir Harold and want Rhoenne to leave or die. However, it is Aisling the healer he wants, but she is his greatest challenge. --------------- Readers will believe they are in the middle of the twelfth century amidst the feuding Highland clans (and the two siblings) as Jackie Ivie provides a vivid picture of the era. The story line is filled with action from the healing onset and never slows down yet the cast is solid and there is plenty of wry humor especially the asides that bring the unique freshness to the historical. KNIGHT WELL SPENT is a night (or two) well spent reading.-------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2009

    Love is special and magical in this Knight's kingdom!

    Rhoenne Guy de Ramhurt, First Earl of Tynebury a Sassenach Warrior and leader of men found himself wounded and still bleeding many hours after the last battle that he had led and won. Now he finds himself dealing with another force that he has no experience with ¿ attraction. Aislynn was known as the Lady of the Brook a healer in all respects of the phrase with her touch, eyes that change colors based on her mood and herbs she grew and tended to. When she finds Rhoenne suffering and unable to help himself Aislynn knows that she is facing her destiny to heal this man and absorbing the impact of instantaneous attraction that she is unfamiliar with.<BR/><BR/>Rhoenne allows her to heal him but knows that he is in trouble with this exquisite creature in ways he cannot understand. He will not let her touch his heart as he fears what will happen should he find love and let it in. He knows how to run a castle, direct men in the battlefield but not how to manage love. He has experienced lust yes but not anything that would involve a lifetime with a woman that might love him and bear his child. Too much rested on his not falling in love or committing to one woman.<BR/><BR/>This plan would have held were it not for Rhoenne¿s half brother taking Aislynn prisoner and once Rhoenne see what has been done he steps in to take her away and secure her in his castle, his life and heart even though this is not what he wants to happen but he could not resist her magical ways and charming existence even pushing aside his family¿s curse and depth of responsibility that one feels as the Lord of his people.<BR/><BR/>While so much worked for them King David worked against whatever lifelong plans they made. King David had lorded the castle and lands to Rhoenne based upon his marriage to his daughter but now that time has arrived and Rhoenne says ¿nay¿. He takes a firm stand and lets the King know through months of missives that this marriage is not going to happen. <BR/><BR/>Rhoenne sets up his forces to fight off whatever attack will come his way but could he ever see betrayal as the one that takes him down. No he never could have thought that the love of his life and the man he most trusted would be the ones to turn against him ¿ but is all what it seems or is this another one of the healer¿s tricks to make all that is wrong right?<BR/><BR/>This love story is one that touches your heart and challenges your ability to see beyond that which is being said. How much of what is happening could change with a word or be taken away with a direct order ¿ so much but can love heal all wounds? Lovers of romance always believe that it can but Ms. Ivey makes you work for the trust!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2010

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    Jackie Ivie always pleases her readers with great historical romance

    Rhoenne Guy de Ramhurt, First Earl of Tynebury a Sassenach Warrior and leader of men found himself wounded and still bleeding many hours after the last battle that he had led and won. Now he finds himself dealing with another force that he has no experience with - attraction. Aislynn was known as the Lady of the Brook a healer in all respects of the phrase with her touch, eyes that change colors based on her mood and herbs she grew and tended to. When she finds Rhoenne suffering and unable to help himself Aislynn knows that she is facing her destiny to heal this man and absorbing the impact of instantaneous attraction that she is unfamiliar with.

    Rhoenne allows her to heal him but knows that he is in trouble with this exquisite creature in ways he cannot understand. He will not let her touch his heart as he fears what will happen should he find love and let it in. He knows how to run a castle, direct men in the battlefield but not how to manage love. He has experienced lust yes but not anything that would involve a lifetime with a woman that might love him and bear his child. Too much rested on his not falling in love or committing to one woman.

    This plan would have held were it not for Rhoenne's half brother taking Aislynn prisoner and once Rhoenne see what has been done he steps in to take her away and secure her in his castle, his life and heart even though this is not what he wants to happen but he could not resist her magical ways and charming existence even pushing aside his family's curse and depth of responsibility that one feels as the Lord of his people.

    While so much worked for them King David worked against whatever lifelong plans they made. King David had lorded the castle and lands to Rhoenne based upon his marriage to his daughter but now that time has arrived and Rhoenne says "nay". He takes a firm stand and lets the King know through months of missives that this marriage is not going to happen.

    Rhoenne sets up his forces to fight off whatever attack will come his way but could he ever see betrayal as the one that takes him down. No he never could have thought that the love of his life and the man he most trusted would be the ones to turn against him - but is all what it seems or is this another one of the healer's tricks to make all that is wrong right?

    This love story is one that touches your heart and challenges your ability to see beyond that which is being said. How much of what is happening could change with a word or be taken away with a direct order - so much but can love heal all wounds? Lovers of romance always believe that it can but Ms. Ivey makes you work for the trust!

    Reviewed by Mary Gramlich (www.marygramlich.com) "The Reading Reviewer

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

    Beautiful, rich, dark tale of Scottish medieval love!

    A KNIGHT WELL SPENT takes the reader into the spirit of the Middle Ages with a heart-stealing hero and heroine. Jackie Ivie will have readers smiling, in tears and smiling again as Rhoenne and Aislynn's love reveals deeper and deeper levels of emotion. The author takes the reader to the heights of passion and darkest depths of despair and back again, creating a love that has the power to challenge fate and truly heal the darkest corners of her characters' lives. Jackie Ivie creates a romance that has the power to cross political and supernatural divides, forever changing both Aislynn and Rhoenne and the future lives of those around them.<BR/><BR/>Suspenseful subplots enhance the main story, making this romance a thrilling ride from start to finish. The secondary characters of Rosie, Monteval and others add a richness and depth to this romance, giving the reader a glimpse into the loyalties, friendships, and subtle intrigue within a medieval liege lord's household. Jackie Ivie handles the medieval setting of this romance exquisitely. She uses medieval terminology, themes and locations precisely in just the right measure to make the reader to feel the medieval world amidst the emotion and romance. Medieval lovers will adore her portrayal of the troubled knight, a classic medieval theme, to which Jackie Ivie adds a unique richness. Juxtaposing Rhoenne's dark view of fate with Aislynn's Celtic beliefs, Jackie Ivie brings together two destined lovers whose love breaks through fate itself! A KNIGHT WELL SPENT weaves a very fine tale of medieval love indeed!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2014

    Excellent

    *A wonderful read... highly recommend this author

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    Highly recommend!

    Great read. Check it out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Sigh worthy

    Ahhh the stupid things that are done for love! Quite the high thrills Scottish tale! Fast & easy read! I held my breathe quiet a bit & even cried of a broken heart & again from happiness! A definite must read!!!!

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  • Posted June 25, 2012

    This was my first book by Jackie Ivie and it has been the best h

    This was my first book by Jackie Ivie and it has been the best historical romance I have read. I am a huge Hannah Howell reader, but Ms. Ivie will be going to the top of my reader list. This book had so many twist and turns, I wasn't sure how it would end. I even stopped reader it one night, because it made me uncomfortable. She didn't repeat the story as Ms Howell books of late have been written. I would highly recommend this book, especially to any Hannah Howell fan.

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